Sunday, August 30, 2015

A 50-Year Memory: Revisiting Highway 61

From Rolling Stone:

Happy 50th birthday to Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan's strangest, funniest, most baffling and most perfect album, released on August 30th, 1965.
Yep- It's been that long.

Here from Wikipedia is the track listing:

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Like a Rolling Stone"   6:13
2. "Tombstone Blues"   6:00
3. "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry"   4:09
4. "From a Buick 6"   3:19
5. "Ballad of a Thin Man"   5:58
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Queen Jane Approximately"   5:31
2. "Highway 61 Revisited"   3:30
3. "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"   5:32
4. "Desolation Row"   11:21

An almost unbeatable listing. Inscrutable, fun, and a lot of "It doesn't get any better than this," including what is arguably the greatest song in rock and roll history, "Like a Rolling Stone."

So why not? Here's the title track- still one of my favorites.

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